CENTCOM hosting Central Asian military personnel for exercise on Cape Cod

By John Liang / September 10, 2018 at 3:43 PM

U.S. Central Command is hosting an annual, multinational exercise beginning this week at Camp Edwards on Joint Base Cape Cod, MA, according to a CENTCOM statement.

The Sept. 10-21 exercise, named Regional Cooperation 2018, involves more than 200 participants from Afghanistan, Mongolia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, as well as observers from Kazakhstan who "will focus on stability operations, border security, counterterrorism, counternarcotics, and counterproliferation," the statement reads.

"The multinational team will develop a combined military response to several exercise scenarios to promote cooperation and interoperability, build functional capacity and enhance responsiveness between multinational organizations," CENTCOM said, adding that the exercise "includes support from the Massachusetts Army National Guard."

This exercise series has been conducted annually since 2001, with the last one hosted by Tajikistan in July 2017, according to CENTCOM.